Michael Lermontov – Hero Of Our Time
The story is about Petsjorin, in vife moments tell’s the writer his story. It’s his only novel but anyway he’s seen as one of the greatest of Russian literature.
This book was the first book from a Russian writer I ever have read and it made me hungry for more.
I was ready to love the whole world, but no one understood me, and I learned to hate.
Ilja Lif & Jevgeni Petrov – The Little Golden Calf
Master swindler wants to go Rio de Janeiro but needs money for this. He’s able to get this through the millionaire Korejko. Great combination of spicy humor and lifetime wisdom.
What the hell is that?” thundered Ostap. “Just three days ago, I was as free as a mountain eagle, I flapped my wings wherever I pleased, and now look at this—attendance is mandatory! Turns out there’s plenty of people in this city who can’t do without Ostap Bender. Plus, who’s going to take care of all this amicable correspondence? We’ll have to incur additional expenses and revise our staffing structure. We need an experienced secretary. Let her deal with this.
Leo Tolstoj – Childhood, Boyhood, Youth
Tolstoj is regarded by many as one of the greatest novelists of all time, he’s famous for his novels War and Peace and also Anna Karenina for example, but this trilogy I like more. These three form together an impressive and personal describing of his young years. In the first part he gives a beautiful portrait of his father, for who he had a great admiration.
When Mother smiled, no matter how nice her face had been before, it became incomparably nicer and everything around seemed to brighten up as well.
The feelings resembled memories; but memories of what? Apparently one can remember things that have never happened.
A.S. Pushkin – Jevgeni Onegin
A masterpiece about the love and lives of Jevgeni Onegin, a young man from Petersburg, the poet Langhi, a simple girl Olga and her sister Tatjana. A must read in my opinion if you are interest in Russian Literature.
My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you...
Boris Pasternak – Dr. Zjivago
This classic love story and Nobel prize winner, is about Dr. Zjivago who travels although Russia in a rough time (first quarter of the 20th century). In this hard hard time there’s just one thing that keeps him going and that is Lara.
It has been on the list of forbidden literature.
How wonderful to be alive, he thought. But why does it always hurt?
You and I, it's as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.
F.M. Dostojevski – The Brothers Karamazow
This book about the brothers Alosjha, Dmitri and Ivan is a philosophic novel, crime-romance and psychological novel in one.
Shortly you can say it’s about the murder of their father and the reactions and accusations after that. This book is divided in 3 parts and in every part one of the three is the central person. The three brothers are totally different and that makes this book so fascinating.
I love mankind, he said, "but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular.”
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
Jevgenie Zamjatin – We
Before Brave World and 1984 there already was this, first anti-utopic novel. This book takes place thousand years from now in a time where people don’t have names but are a number and where the fantasy is taken away from everyone. The main character, D-503 falls in love and because of that his loyalty towards the state becomes in danger.
You're in a bad way! Apparently, you have developed a soul.
There is surely more for example:
Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita
This was mytake number 100 and for (now) the last one, I will go (for now) and do other things with my time then being on gag.
All the best, enjoy the summer!